Monday, August 8, 2011

A Christmas Finish, a Few Finds and a Cake

Gentle Readers and Dear Friends once again I welcome you to my Blog - a place for me to spout off on just about everything.  Usually I confine myself to my mundane life and today will be no different.  Our weekend was lovely here in SF - as the weather was perfectly cool and breezy - mostly overcast, steel grey skies with tons of fog wrapping us in misty cold evenings - I even had turn the heat on to take the chill off - no too much, but enough.  I know that coming up this Fall we will have some warmer days, but now I am enjoying the cool!!

Over the weekend I finished up the Lizzie Kate piece I have been working on - here is a snap - 

Lizzie Kate - Flip Its -  "12 Blessings of Christmas" as a Sampler (w/out charms)
7/24/2011 - 8/7/2011
36 ct Creamy Mystery Linen
Using mostly the recommended WDW & GAST Floss.

This snap is off on colour and looks kind of greenish - sorry - I changed up the floss colours here and there and added and subtracted bits of stitching.  I also added some Algerian eye stitches to replace some of the basic cross stitches.  I did not use the charms as the linen I chose was a smaller count than recommended and the charms looked gigantic and over sized.  It was a fun and quick piece to stitch.  I could see where these little Flip-its would make great ornaments.

On Saturday we ran around to some estate sales and Thrift shops - here is a snap of the haul....

From L to R - a nice little copy of  Our Lady of Carmel icon - a couple of Christmas books.  On the back book is a Lladro goose figurine - I am not really a fan of Lladro, but I couldn't pass on this little fella.  And last but not least a blue and white plate of Niagara Falls - now this is something I do collect - older transfer ware plates, especially from places I have been or will go.... at some point I hope.

On the baking front - since I was in a Holiday mood - I made one of my favorite Holiday cakes.  I am sure I have posted it before, but a long time ago (It think).... 

Pat's Rum Cake - this one's a winner - in my book!!  I'll get the recipe up in the morning.

There you go sports fans.  Thanks so much for stopping by!!  I do appreciate all your kind comment's and emails - thanks!!!!!  Do stop by again!

Take care,


Margaret said...

Love your Lizzie Kate finish! I wish it were cold enough to warrant taking the chill off here. lol! I love that plate you found in your wanderings -- nice! And the baking -- how do you guys stay so slim with all the yummies you make? Looks delicious!

BrendaS said...

Love your finish Edgar. Sounds like you had a great weekend. Nice and cool too! I can't wait for Fall:)

Gabi said...

Congrats!!! Your finish looks lovely. Glad you had a good weekend.
And your cake looks yummy too. I might give that one a try.

Carrie said...

I just love your finish! It's been very hot here in Ohio and I wish fall would hurry up and get here!

Siobhan said...

Congratulations on the finish!! It looks great. Kudos on getting a holiday piece done, too!

I love your finds, especially the card of Our Lady and the transferware.

Teresa said...

Love your "12 Blessings" and your weekend finds.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Sherry :o) said...

Your L*K finish is great. Maybe you could use your charms if you do any ornaments!

I can't believe you had heat on - but then again we are socked with very high humidity and record number of high heat days here in Michigan...I long for the autumn weather.

I think mundane is fine - I love when my life is falling into the routine I have created!

Deborah said...

Love your Christmas finish! I can't wait for the cooler weather.

marly said...

The stitching is nice, yadda yadda....I'm waiting for the cake recipe!! I love stitching but not as much as cake. My favorites are all made in that pan. See you tomorrow!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I have to smile at your Christmas in August.

Jenny said...

What a cute sampler! How will you finish it? Frame, stand-up, or anything else?

Kathy said...

Your LK Blessings is gorgeous! I love the little changes you made that make it all yours. :)

Found some nice goodies this weekend. :)

And one last thing. Could you send some of that lovely cool temps to the east coast? :)

Beth said...

Too cute Edgar! Stitchiing them altogether has made for a very attractive piece!

Berit said...

It is Christmas in July/August! Lately I have been stitching Christmas ornaments and spiking the whipped cream with rum over here, too! :D

I loved Pat's Rum Cake when I tried it and now you have me thinking to make it again! Why wait?! Love it!

Lana said...

Congrats on 12 Blessings!! It came out beautiful!!! That cake looks freakin' amazing! ::drooling::

diamondc said...

Edgar: Your stitching of Lizzie Kate is beautiful I am in awe, I like your finds at the estate sales especially Our Lady of Carmel, she id beautiful.
The plate is so lovely.
Now we need to talk about your baking abilities, I am so jealous I donot live near you just so I may taste your goodies, yummy looking for sure.

reader4519 said...

I just love your LK. Very cute. But most of all I love your posts on Monday, just to see what you found at your estate/thrift sales. We have a thrift shop, "Out of the Closet" about a block and a half away, I go there about once a month, but I never seem to find nice goodies like you do. You must have a knack.

Your baking always looks so good. You must stay slim working out in that pool you have.

Have fun - Mary in Long Beach, CA

Ellen said...

Love your LK finish, it's gorgeous!

The cake looks yummy!


Elisa said...

Wow you sped through that "Blessings" piece...lovely xx

Lynn said...

Your nice cool weekend sounds like heaven compared to the scorching heat we've been having!
I love your LK finish! I can look at it and pretend cool weather is here, right?
You're killing me with all these cakes, lol! My DH and I are rum lovers so this is one we have to try.

Akila said...

Wow, that's a lovely finish. Looks great with the changed colors too.
Such a pretty blue and white plate. Always loved blue and white.
And your cake.. yummm

Alice said...

Gorgeous stitching Edgar!

Cindy's Stitching said...

lizzie kate piece is real nice. And of course the cake looks great.